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Old 03-07-2008, 10:05 PM   #1
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How do you get rid of an Isopod?

I got one in my tank, he swims around mostly at night. I thought it was something good to keep in my tank, but now checking xtalreef. He has a "bad" icon next to him. So my question is how do I catch him?
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If you can see him swimming around, you could just net him with a fine net. When I had my "plague of isopods" I just sucked them out at every water change.

Just to make you feel better though, not all isopods are the bad ones. Don't think mine were, but I wasn't about to take any chances.
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If you have room, you can consider adding a sixline wrasse. They are know to do a pretty good job of removing isopods
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If you have room, you can consider adding a sixline wrasse. They are know to do a pretty good job of removing isopods
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I only have one in there and my tank is a 40g, so I will try to catch it first. If that don't work I might get that wrasse. So far it hasn't touch my two fish that I have in there so it might not be so bad. I'm going to keep an eye on it thought, hopefully I can catch it.
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They are actually a very pretty fish. Here is a DB pic.

FantasyReef Databases-Viewing item "6 Line Wrasse"
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I have to say...my sixline is one of my favorite fish. Very active and colorful.
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Pills, Parasites, and Predators; Isopods in the Reef Aquarium by Ronald L. Shimek, Ph.D. - Reefkeeping.com Some reading for you
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isopods are not flatworms, I would be very skeptical adding more food for an isopod. Research them, and for the love of fish, don't add a sixline, it will not eat an isopod. Isopods are active at night, sixlines sleep at night. People giving advice, do not mistaken Isopods for amphipods.
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Hmmm...my sixline seemed to have taken care of all of the isopods in my tank. It seems to be recommended beyound this site. Don't worry...I understand the difference between an isopod and amphidpods, or copepods for that matter. One of my tanks had an isopod issue due to some Carribean LR I added. They were actually attached to some of my fish. I added a sixline (at the advice of my LFS) and had no more issues.
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